This privacy statement relates to the information collected in your use of the NatStats Website. It does not cover information collected in surveys conducted under the Census and Statistics Act 1905. For information about privacy of survey data, please see Survey Participant Information.

Our Commitment


The Australian Bureau of Statistics is committed to protecting your privacy. It does so by conforming to the Privacy Commissioner’s Guidelines, which require transparent collection, appropriate and ethical use, and secure storage of personal information. We also adhere to the Information Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act of 1988.

The information you provide through this website will be kept secure by the ABS.

Information Collected


When visiting this site, the following information may be logged for statistical purposes:
  • your server address
  • your top level domain name (e.g, .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc.)
  • the date and time of the visit to the site
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • the pages at which you entered and exited our website
  • the previous site visited
  • the type of browser used
  • any errors you encountered while accessing our website

This information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to: assess the number of visitors to our site; discover what information is most and least used; determine technical design specifications; and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the service provider's logs.

Clickstream Data and Cookies


The NatStats uses a "cookie" for maintaining contact with a user through a NatStats session. A cookie is a small file supplied by the ABS Website and stored by the web browser software on your computer when you access the ABS Website. (An explanation of cookies can be found at the site of the Australian Privacy Commissioner). The cookie allows NatStats to recognise you as an individual as you move from one page to another.

NatStats uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help analyse how users use the site. Google Analytics anonymously tracks how our visitors interact with this website, including where they came from, what they did on the site, and whether they completed any transactions on the site such as newsletter registration. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the NatStats website. By using NatStats, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

This website contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the content and the privacy practices of other websites and encourage you to examine each site's privacy policies.

Personal Information


If you wish to post a comment in NatStats your submission name will display next to your comment. Please ensure that you use only your first name if you do not wish to be easily identified in your post.

Email Addresses


The ABS may, from time to time, while protecting your privacy, review your identified usage of the ABS web site with a view to offering you new or additional services/information that may be relevant to you. The ABS may contact you to obtain feedback about its services/information. Please advise the ABS if you do not wish to be included in this option.

Other Sites


This site contains links to external websites, which are not covered by this privacy statement. We recommend that you review the privacy statement of each site you visit.

Accreditation


This site is accredited and maintained to Australian Government Internet security standards to ensure the confidentiality and/or integrity of information posted on the site. These standards meet or exceed Australian information security management standards (AS/NZS 4444).

Alternatives to the Website


If you prefer not to submit information via the website, please contact the ABS, for advice on how to proceed. Please record where you are on the website and provide this information to the consultant who accepts your call.